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The Visitor (1979)

Stridulum (original title)
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The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil.


(as Michael J. Paradise)


(screenplay) (as Lou Comici), (screenplay) (as Robert Mundy) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Walker
... Det. Jake Durham
... Raymond Armstead
... Jerzy Colsowicz
... Barbara Collins
... Dr. Sam Collins
... Jane Phillips
... Katy Collins
Ja Townsend
Jack Dorsey
Johnny Popwell ... AAA Mechanic
... Police Captain
Steve Somers
... AAA Mechanic
Walter Gordon Sr. ... Thomas


John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they've experienced... somewhere between Hell and the darkest reaches of outer space. Written by DrafthouseFilms

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They know we are here...


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

21 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Visitor  »


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Peckinpah had trouble remembering his lines. Because of Peckinpah's difficulty with his dialogue, the fact that his character was the ex-husband of Barbara Collins was never clearly established in the movie. Moreover, Peckinpah's voice was dubbed by another actor. See more »


Although Mrs Collins is paralyzed from the waist down, she is able to drive a car as if she was not disabled at all. See more »


Detective Jake Durham: Now listen to me Katy isn't there something you want to tell me?
Katy Collins: Yeah. Go fuck yourself!
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References The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »


Shortnin' Bread
By James Whitcomb Riley
Performed by Shelley Winters
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Unwelcome visitors and lost acting talents.
22 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

What do Jesus Christ, a foul-mouthed 8-year-old girl with malicious powers, a flock of evil birds and the owner of the Atlanta basketball team have in common? This riddle sounds like the set-up for a lame joke, and that happens to be also the best way to describe "The Visitor": a lame, bad, drawn-out and overlong joke! The biggest mystery to unravel here is WHY so many terrific and experienced actors got lured into signing up to star in this cinematic mess! The cast includes John Huston, Sam Peckinpah (both prominent directors themselves), Lance Henriksen, Glenn Ford, Mel Ferrer, Franco Nero and Shelley Winters. The plot is impossible to summarize, mainly because there are too many story lines and it really doesn't make the slightest bit of sense as a wholesome. The whole thing reverts back to the ancient battle between good and evil, fought out on earth. No less than Jesus Christ is giving us insight (if you can call it that) in the situation, and then he sends out an elderly angel to Atlanta, because that's where the final earthly descendant of the evil sorcerer Zathaar lives. The visiting angel's mission (I think) is to prevent that the woman, named Barbara, bares another child and he drastically succeeds. Then he still has to bring back her other daughter, the sinister Katy, back to the heavens. And there are birds. Lots and lots of birds. "The Visitor" is truly bizarre, but not in a positive way. Many of the action sequences and murderous accidents are clearly inspired by "The Omen" and perhaps the whole concept is even derived from that classic, as well as from "Rosemary's Baby". That would make this film the most ambitiously complex and admirably disguised rip-off ever made, but still a failure nevertheless. There are two notably powerful sequences, one involving an awkward during the young girl's birthday party and the other being the painful death-ride of the investigating police officer. "The Visitor" is an unbearably pretentious film, ridiculously plotted and remarkably boring considering the overload of story elements. The screenplay often feels incomplete and very incoherent. The fantasy elements are beyond lame and the special effects wouldn't even impress a 4-year-old. The cover-image displayed here on the website looks creepy and intriguing, but sadly like in too many cases, it's utterly irrelevant. Trust the rating and user-comments in this particular case: you do not want to see this junk

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